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Sunday 5 February 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Smoking

All time
# Black Market
Counterfeit cigarette packs 'so good' professionals can't tell the difference
The Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Bill 2013 was discussed by the Oireachtas today with a focus on the impact it could have on the black market.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think plain cigarette packaging will deter smokers?
Plain packaging on cigarette packets is being discussed today in Leinster House.
# Smoking
US health report finds cigarettes are more dangerous than ever
The report warns that smoking cigarettes can cause blindness, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and liver cancer.
# Health
Department of Health hopes to regulate e-cigarettes this year
After concerns in the US over children being poisoned by the liquid inside, the Department says it will be bringing forward regulations in 2014.
# Smoke Breaks
Smokers spend an average of 25 minutes a day outside work smoking
And their non-smoking counterparts don’t like it…
# no smoking
HSE says hospitals will be smoke-free by 2015
This will be the last year that people can light up a cigarette on hospital grounds.
# flaming nora
Construction worker lights cigarette in the most incredibly badass way
Zippos are for girls.
# no smoking
Four more hospital campuses to become smoke-free zones from Monday
Hospitals in Rathgar, Bantry, Mallow and Kerry will all ban smoking on campus from Monday.
# Smoking
Father with terminal lung cancer joins with HSE in fight against tobacco
Gerry Collins and his family are part of a new ad campaign to encourage people to stop smoking.
# sponsored by the hse
Open thread: What is the best thing you've ever done?
Make quitting smoking one of them.
# Cigarettes
Reilly: Tobacco industry wants to take me to court over plain packaging
The Minister for Health said it would be an “extraordinary society” which put the intellectual property rights of the tobacco industry ahead of the health of its citizens.
# Plain Packaging Bill
Over two-thirds in poll support plain cigarette packaging
The Minister for Health, James Reilly, introduces the plain packaging bill at the Oireachtas Health Committee today.
# Smoking
Fall in numbers of children and pregnant women smoking in Ireland
The report pointed to a prevalence in smoking both among children and pregnant women in the more disadvantaged areas.
# thank you for not smoking
James Reilly vs tobacco industry: Stop making smoking look attractive to girls
He follows in the footsteps of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey and ex-minister Micheál Martin in the vendetta against the habit.
# Smoking
Government to consider free nicotine patches for pregnant women
Minister of State Alex White told the Dáil yesterday that it is estimated that between 18 per cent and 21 per cent of Irish women smoke during pregnancy.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Friday
Everyone’s talking about a human body part found in Meath, continued water restrictions and a shooting at LAX.
# Smoking Ban
Smoking banned in all areas of Dublin maternity hospitals
In-patients will have to leave hospital campuses if they wish to smoke with staff to be given advice on quitting.
Column: Bloomberg's approach to smoking is working in New York – it could here too
New York’s Mayor Bloomberg intends raising the legal smoking age from 18 to 21 – and he’s right. This is the generation which can be protected from Big Tobacco, writes Kathleen O’Meara.
# Smoking
New York bans sale of cigarettes to under 21s
The city council voted today to raise the minimum age for purchasing both cigarettes and electronic-vapour cigarettes.
# Smoking
Gardaí and Revenue given search powers to crack down on cigarette smuggling
Under a provision of the Finance Bill published today, authorities will be allowed to search “any bag or receptacle” that they reasonably believe contains an illegally smuggled tobacco product.
# plain speaking
‘Why do they make smokes anyway?’: Tallaght schoolchildren have their say on new cigarette packaging
The new packs – which include graphic images of health problems that could be caused by smoking – are expected to be brought in next year.
# Your Say
Poll: Are repeated tax increases on tobacco fair?
The Government wants Ireland tobacco-free by 2025 and a Budget hike on cigarettes seems likely but is it fair on smokers?
Aaron McKenna: Anti-tobacco policies are lining criminals' pockets
It is not simple to change a societal behaviour – just ask the American prohibitionists – and plans to ban menthol and slim cigarettes will surrender money to criminal elements, writes Aaron McKenna.
# New York
Judge orders end to smoking ban in New York state parks
The ban had been put in place last February, but a judge has ordered it to come to an end.
# Drugs
100 mature cannabis plants and one kilogram of cannabis herb seized in Galway
Two men were arrested in the raid.
# Tobacco
Menthol ban part of compromise EU deal on tobacco control
65 per cent of packaging will be covered by warnings as opposed to the 75 per cent advocated by anti-tobacco lobby and the 50 per cent pushed for by those in the industry.
# Smoking
Taoiseach calls for no change to tobacco health warnings
Cigarette companies have been accused of spending millions to influence new European directives on tobacco, but Enda Kenny and James Reilly are asking their European counterparts to vote against any change to warning labels.
# Health
'Cum spiro, spero': Reilly hopes there won't be an overrun in the health budget
The Health Minister probably meant ‘dum spiro, spero’…
# children's health
Half of children who smoke had their first cigarette aged 13 or younger
However, a new report out today shows that smoking rates among school-aged children are down overall — dropping from 21 per cent in 1998 to 12 per cent in 2010.
# i predict a riot
Smoking ban to be rolled out across prisons in England and Wales
Authorities are worried that prison officers could bring compensation claims over the effects of passive smoking.
# Smoking
Tobacco industry 'needs to recruit 50 new smokers a day' to replace deceased and quitters
Research due to be launched by Minister James Reilly today found that teens are drawn to cigarettes in attractive packages because of the image they create.
# Smoking
Call for 50c 'environmental levy' on packs of 20 cigarettes
ASH Ireland said the levy should be imposed on the tobacco industry, on the ‘polluter pays’ principle.
# Tobacco
Tobacco industry is lobbying MEPs 'all the time'
Labour’s Phil Prendergast has said lobby groups are courting MEPs, hoping to encourage them to dilute directives that would be harmful to the industry.
# Smoking
How do e-cigarettes compare to nicotine patches in helping smokers quit?
The first ever clinical trial to compare the two also assessed the health risks of e-cigarettes in a large group outside a lab for the first time.
# Up In Smoke
Charities call for 60 cent Budget hike in cigarette prices
The pre-Budget call from the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation is aimed at tackling the “enormous economic cost of smoking-related illness”.
# school daze
21 things you'll remember from secondary school
Cast your minds back.
# Prime Numbers
Cavemen, Cowen and Coca-Cola: The week in numbers
Plus: What percentage of people in Ireland smoke? And what’s the average weekly wage?
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the smoking ban has been effective?
There has been mixed messages in reports over the past two days so we’re asking you, ‘What do you think?’